More than 151,000  Americans have now lost their lives as the coronavirus continues to surge in the U.S. and you’d think that would be enough to sway everyone to wear masks, but among Trump supporter’s that’s just not the case.  Charlie Kirk, a high-powered Trump supporter is one such prominent example. Kirk, one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent  allies and the founder of Turning Point USA, has been doing whatever he can to undermine healthcare experts and top government officials who are working to enforce COVID-19 safety guidelines.
On his July 26 podcast, Kirk took the opportunity to boast that his refusal to wear a mask in grocery stores that require them, according to Media Matters for America. 
“Do not force me to wear a mask,” he said. “It’s that simple. I’m not gonna do it, I’m not. The only time I comply is on the airlines because I actually need to fly the airlines to be able to do my job and travel the country so I can deliver truth to you and make an income and grow Turning Point USA. So that’s the fight I do not fight. But every single time I go into one of these grocery stores, ‘Where’s your mask?”
“I say, well, first of all, the science around masks is very questionable, very questionable. In fact some people, some doctors think that masks actually make you sicker and have you less likely to be able to get oxygen and more likely to infect yourself, and less likely to be able to fight the virus, and actually more likely to be able to die sooner,” he added. “A lot of people believe that. I’ve met many doctors that hold that view.”
Funny how he never mentions who these “doctors” are. But that’s what people like Kirk do, and of course, he uses this opportunity to suggest our civil liberties are under attack and uses a familiar line that’s usually associated with the pro-choice movement.
“Secondly, we have a huge civil liberty issue here,” he said. “Why do you have the authority to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body? I thought it was, ‘my body, my choice.’ I thought that was the entire thought process as to why we are wrongly able to terminate a million children in the womb every single year. And so, I just don’t like being told what to do generally by the federal government. I’m not a type of person who plays well when the government comes in and starts to say you must put this on your face.”
But then he told his followers that he’s okay with some restrictions, like wearing seatbelts, for instance, because, he says, “I think seatbelts actually save lives.” He added that some libertarians say “Oh no, no seatbelts ever —,” adding:
“Okay, if you fly through the window of a car because you didn’t want to wear a seatbelt and all of a sudden I have to pay for your healthcare, that’s ridiculous. A mask might not even work, a mask is questionable at best.”
He also said he doubts the science around masks. So I’m providing evidence about the effectiveness of masks from the University of California San Francisco,  about how effective they are.
Here’s one snippet of evidence, per the university:
“A recent study published in Health Affairs, for example, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slow-down in daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. The first five days after a mandate, the growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage points compared to the five days prior to the mandate; at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by two percentage points.”
But Kirk clearly has done little, if any research on this, and says he finds masks “dehumanizing.”
“I think it’s dehumanizing when I see a four-year-old wearing a mask, I can’t help but think we have let them down, and we have robbed them of their childhood,” he said. “I think there is something innocent, and something special with a childhood about children being able to communicate with facial expressions and we have robbed them from it.”
Somehow he doesn’t mention that a child who has died because of contracting coronavirus from being around people who don’t wear masks is also a way of “robbing” their childhood.
Funny how that is. Here’s his nonsense below, accompanied by some of his clueless tweets.
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 27, 2020 
If masks work, why are states forcing some businesses to stay closed?
If masks don’t work, why are states forcing people to wear them?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 24, 2020 
If mask mandates actually work, why won't Democrats let us go to church?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 18, 2020 
If masks & social distancing actually work why is Harvard still forcing students to pay $50,000 in tuition for online-only classes?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 7, 2020 
If masks actually work, then why aren't people allowed to visit their dying relatives in hospitals?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 22, 2020